Many say that records are meant to be made and then broken, only for new ones to be made all over again. Since its inception in 1955, the Guinness Book of World Records has been listing human records and achievements, and many people today are actively looking to have their names entered into the record book.
Some of the most unique feats that have made it to the record books are by Africans. In one such world record, a man who lives in Benin, West Africa, managed to carry 735 eggs on his hat and balanced it over his head. The video showing Gregory Da Silva balancing the eggs has gone viral after it was posted on the official Instagram page of Guinness World Records.
The caption reads, “Most eggs carried on a single hat, 735 by Gregory Da Silva”. The post also mentioned that Da Silva spent three days attaching all the eggs to his hat.
His feat was attained on the set of CCTV – Guinness World Records Special in Jiangyin, Jiangsu, China on January 12, 2015. After more than six years, he is back in the news thanks to his amazing balancing act that was shared by Guinness World Records on social media.
This is not the first time Da Silva, who is popularly known as ‘Eggman’, has displayed his talent of balancing eggs. He has been doing this in various events across the world. While it is difficult for most of us to manage just a few eggs, Da Silva is managing 735.
In 2011, he created a hat bearing 642 real eggs on it and presented it on the set of Lo Show Dei Record, in Milan, Italy.
Apart from his broad smile and smile, his colorful tunic makes him stand out in a crowd while entertaining people. He has appeared in several media interviews, advertisements and movies. Da Silva has shared his talent with children from Cape Town, South Africa, by teaching them about art, performing and dance through his Project for Africa program.
“Children in Africa need our help,” he said. “Education is knowledge and knowledge is power. We need to change their lives positively because they are our future.”
Born on July 8, 1979, in Cotonou, Benin, West Africa, Da Silva speaks English, French, and German. He was trained in computer science at the university before moving on to found a theatre group in Benin called ‘Voice of Spirit’ or ‘Voix de l’Esprit’, which performed often at the Benin National.